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lost his mind. >> much of the press recently has been very negative. you know, i'm a mad man. which perhaps i am. i'm paranoid. i don't think i am. or whatever. yet people on the street that recognize me, they all give me the high-five sign, keep going, yeah! i don't know where that comes from. it's a mystery to me. >> you like it? >> it doesn't bother me. i don't seek it. >> you must thrive on that. you're doing interviews. you like the fact that people talk about the movie that's going to come out about you, the women that you surround yourself with. you must thrive on that a little bit. >> people think that and people call me the media whore and when i need you, i needed you, and i need you to keep me alive in belize and i need you now for the movie and the book. for ten years i didn't talk to anybody in the media. i got called all the time. the answer is no. it's not that i do not like you
as a person. i do not like you as a profession because you are responsible for everything in the world. the presidents don't rule this country, you do, sir, and your profession does. you tell us what to love, what to hate, what's important, what's not. you have a position of power and i think it's being abused maliciously sometimes. >> we caught up with the 67-year-old mcafee in portland, oregon, which is a far cry from the warm beaches of belize where he's wanted for questioning in the murder of his neighbor. so, what would you tell them if i am the belizean government asking you if you had any role in his murder? >> absolutely none and they know this. they know i'm not involved in the murder. they haven't questioned anybody else. so, i had nothing to do with it. i know nothing about it. i'm willing to talk to them in any neutral country on the planet. i've offered that. i'll talk to them on the phone. i'll talk to them through skype.
>> you talk about selling yourself in terms of a movie that might be coming out and selling your story. well, sex sells, is it true about all the women we read about in your life, five or six girls at a time, you have teenage girls? >> it is absolutely true. i have teenage girlfriends and many at a time. nothing illegal and they are well beyond the age of consent. i see nothing wrong with it, and if you do, that's okay. >> is this part of the whole deal that will sell to hollywood in terms of making the film about your life? >> i personally don't think it's that interesting. i mean -- >> you must, because you know sex sells so you must think this is a selling point because everyone asks you about it or they want to ask you about it. >> a lot of things sell other than sex. mystery sells, you know, all kinds of human drama sells, not just sex. sex sells if you're making porn videos, absolutely. if you are making a porn video with no sex, it's not going to sell. >> in the 1990s, everything -- it seemed like you had a, quote-unquote, normal ceo life, right? clean and sober, wildly
successful, speaking at the stanford business school quite often, donating to charity. >> yes. >> when did it switch gears to this crazy lifestyle as you describe it? >> okay, you're assuming because i'm a clean and sober ceo that my lifestyle is a standard lifestyle. >> no. i'm saying that you were speaking at stanford. >> i was. >> you were donating to charities. >> right. >> and seemingly within all the normal society bounds. >> i still speak at functions and i still donate to charity and i'm still talking to business people like yourself. but my lifestyle has always been off the wall, i'm sorry, it's just that it didn't reach the press until recently. >> how did money change you, $100 million from mcafee, more or less, when you walked away, you lost some, how did it change you. >> at first it made me a radical [ bleep ]. if i can use that word on television. >> we'll bleep it out. >> there we are, because suddenly you have all this power and all this money. you can buy whatever you want and i did. i bought stuff i didn't need. big boats.
never used them, you know, at one point i had 12 houses in every part of the world, hawaii and ecuador and every state in the union and the bahamas. yes, i was being a jerk. it really is. >> we continued to chat with john mcafee. just this week he tells me the prime minister in belize dean barrow has ordered that evidence be found at any cost to implicate mcafee in the murder of his neighbor. we reached out to the office of the prime minister who had no comment on case. we also checked in with the police department in belize. they say the investigation is, quote, dragging along. this story is far from over. one more thing we want to add. mcafee said he admires only one person in the silicon valley, the late steve jobs. >> incredible. i love steve jobs. i actually cried when i read his address to stanford. did you ever read that? >> yes, i did. >> it was profound. love steve jobs. i cannot think of anybody else in this industry that i can say
that of. >> another controversial figure in the international spotlight, the man who sold current tv to al jazeera in his first television interview after the sale, atherton's joel hyatt has some choice words for his critics. joel, you've been around the block. you nuf that the public perception here in the united states of al jazeera is negative. >> uh-huh. >> were you prepared for any sort of criticism that you guys are taking? >> i evaluated that very careful. >> coming up, the reason he's so proud of the deal. >> is it flattering to hear your name every hot list that comes up it's camilla harris with a senator, governor, supreme court, attorney general of the united states, flattering or do you just kind of put it on the side? >> i am so superficial. truly. i am completely focused on what i'm doing now. also when is she heading to washington, california attorney general camilla harris addresses the rumors about her next job and the unusual way she unwinds. how do you describe what happens
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completely understand the criticism and the point of view that you're reporting. but the fact is that al jazeera stands all around the world as a highly respected international news-gathering organization. >> isn't there something inherently hypocritical about taking money and a lot of money from an oil producer? >> the point you're making is one that i understand very clearly. i do disagree with it. >> our colleague andrea mitchell sitting down with former vice president al gore who has an office here in the bay area. gore defending the sale of san francisco-based current tv to al jazeera. in fact, gore's business partner and friend atherton-based joel hyatt takes it a step further, no apologies and some sharp
words for his critics. whatever your belief, al jazeera is now coming to the u.s. airwaves thanks to these two men. >> well, i don't quite get this. we have another garden and we'll rip it off and put in another garden. >> the chance is you've never seen or heard of joel hyatt until now. the unassuming multimillionaire has pulled off a deal along with his business partner, former vice president al gore, that has shocked the media world. >> hello there, the headlines from al jazeera. >> we studied very hard what al jazeera was doing around the world to make sure we would be comfortable with it and al jazeera is carried on israel's satellite system and if the israeli public is comfortable learning what can be learned from al jazeera, i think the american public will be as well. >> gone is san francisco-based current tv. a groundbreaking network that never really got off the ground, but hyatt and gore soared. selling current for a reported
$500 million to al jazeera network, a tv network that's financed by the oil-rich country of qatar. in his first interview since the controversial deal was announced, hyatt is proud, reflective and a little agitated. >> while some of the press has been negative, i will say highly hypocritical, it's been basically fox news and "the wall street journal" both of which are owned by news corp., and news corp.'s second largest owner is the saudi royal family. so, this idea that they're criticizing that al gore and i would do business with arabs is really quite remarkable and they don't even disclose that their company is -- is owned in significant part by arabs. >> but this is just sleazy, al. this is disgraceful. >> is it ironic for you or as some critics say disingenuous that your friend and partner al gore would sell to a company, a broadcast network that's funded basically by oil? >> not at all.
again, i get the sort of easy shot that -- >> but you can see where people are coming from? >> of course, but here's what i know, both al and i, but to a much greater extent al, have had extensive conversations with al jazeera about the issue of climate change and we actually believe they're going to do a very good job covering this issue in a way, that by the way, the united states press does not. >> joel, you've been around the block. you knew the public perception here in the united states of al jazeera is negative. >> uh-huh. >> were you prepared for any sort of criticism that you guys are taking? >> i evaluated that very carefully, and at the end of the day, raj, what i believed was, it was clear that those who know are very impressed with al jazeera and with the high quality professional journalism it does. those who don't know have a bias based on their lack of knowledge. but think about that, i mean, you know, ignorance breeds bias, breeds all kinds of problems in the world. and the whole point of
journalism is to provide the information to the people who don't know so that they can become people who do. and -- and al and i didn't want to base a decision on those who don't know and the uninformed biases they may have. >> you had an all-hands meeting at current with the new bosses at al jazeera at least a few of them. how did it go? transition's always difficult. >> i think it went well and frankly i think the new leadership is responsible for that, i gave a talk and turned the floor over. but the fact is the staff was really eager to hear what the new leadership had to say and they were very, very good. >> any disappointments at current leaving? >> oh, sure. you know, you always have disappointments. i have disappointments about things we two have liked to have achieved and didn't. we were never able to bring the large-scale resources necessary to compete. and this is the real lesson to me. the media industry requires large-scale resources. >> but the reality -- will al
jazeera be able to make a move forward? >> absolutely. absolutely. and they can do the marketing we couldn't afford to do and i think it will make a very big difference. >> we mentioned joel hyatt lives in atherton and gore is frequently here in the bay area, he works for the venture capital firm kliner perkins. she's always put together and on point but tonight the side of kamala harris you haven't seen. >> recently and i hope we get out of san francisco, have you tried soul cycle? >> a candid and comical conversation with california's attorney general. welcome into my house, how can i make you happy? >> and award winning chef gary danko takes us where very few cameras have gone before, behind the scenes of his legendary san francisco restaurant.
reich 4'11" but he stands tall in the world of economics. reich draws his own cartoons to illustrate complicated economic ideas. we recently chatted and drew with professor reich at his office on the cal campus. he is a fascinating man, to see the full segment we invite you to go to our website nbcbayarea.com/the interview. how about another political heavyweight from the bay area, kamala harris is not only a hot topic here in town but also in washington, could president obama tap her for a national appointment? harris talks to us candidly about politics and how she unwinds in her personal life. >> now to a woman named one of america's most powerful women by "newsweek" magazine. >> welcome to the charmed political life of kamala harris. local locally, we've seen the 48-year-old oakland native rewrite the history books. >> sit. you must sit.
>> as she climbed the ladder. nationally washington insiders say it's only a matter of time before she heads to the capitol. flattering to hear your name, every hot list, it's kamala harris, senator, governor, supreme court, attorney general of the united states. flattering or do you just kind of put it on the side? >> i am so sick of it. truly. i am completely focused on what i'm doing now. so many people who are focused on that thing out there they trip over this thing here. it's not worth it. >> it seems like you have a dynamic relationship with the president, with president obama, dating back to back in chicago, before he was the president. if he were to call you right now, how would the conversation go? tell me about your relationship with him. >> well, i mean, first and foremost, it's a relationship built on profound respect. you know, there's a whole group of really i think dynamic elected leaders. who are finding each other and feeding off of each other and working with each other. >> is it a friendship? is it something more of a
mentorship? >> it's a friendship. it's a friendship. >> if there are critics of you, they say maybe you overly ambiti ambition, you have a book, you have been a "oprah," on the tid sh "today" show, is it unfair? >> i do believe that life is short enough that, you know, get things done. i love my work. i love my work. i feel challenged by it. i feel it is important work. i have seen through the course of my professional life that, you know, if you focus on it a certain way, you can get things done. you can have a huge impact on the lives of other people, people you'll never meet, by the way. people will not necessarily ever know your name and that drives me. that certainly drives me. >> her critics also say she knows how to drive the headlines, sometimes being accused of grandstanding. she outlined her new battle against human trafficking. >> i wanted to see the tunnel that connect california to
mexico. and see the tunnels through which there has been an incredible amount of trafficking of guns and drugs and human beings. i heard stories of children as young as 5 years old being trafficked through this tunnel. it became clear obviously that it is about people making a great deal of money off of trafficking of human beings, and they're doing it in a way that is trafficking for the purposes of sex work and forced labor. >> behind the scenes without the cameras here, what's your ideal saturday for you? >> oh, i'm usually i have events on saturday. ask me about a sunday. >> tell me about your iteal sunday. cut that. >> it depends. i love to cook. i love to cook. that's my ideal day. recently -- and i hope we get it in san francisco. have you ever tried soul cycle? >> no, tell me. >> it's fabulous. it's this thing that came out of new york and now it's in l.a. and i did it when i was in l.a. for the meetings that we were having there.
and it's fabulous! it's, like, a bunch of stationary bikes in a room -- >> oh, it's a fitness thing. >> yes. >> it's not an eating thing. >> no, it's so fabulous, because i'm much too old to go to the club, right? but it's like being in a club and it's kind of dark and they're playing, like, this throbbing hip-hop and you just cycle. i did that recently, and it was really fun. >> that's your ideal day, the soul cycle? she's not too old to go to the clubs. plenty of smiles but she does mean business. earlier this month harris made national headlines, again, by sui suing standard & poors. from top cop to top chef, we have a hard-to-get reservation with gary danko. the secret to his success, plus his surprising guilty pleasure.
>> he's just humming. see how calm he is? it's a work of art with famed chef gary danko. maybe the only thing harder than getting a reservation at his prized restaurant is getting behind-the-scenes access to his kitchen. but tonight, guess what? we are in with one of the most private yet celebrated chefs in bay area history. a few things come with the territory. cable cars, that beautiful bridge, and gary danko. >> foie gras going first. >> mix it up however you want. sends it out. welcome into my house. how can i make you happy? >> danko has been a celebrity chef before the term even existed. his 65-seat slice of heaven has been zagat's number one rated restaurant in the bay area for most of the past ten years. does it register to you anymore? >> for my ego, i kind of try to remain humble in every situation because i really -- i'm a kind of behind-the-scenes person.
i like to not be seen, have all this sort of chop, chop and all the things that go on behind the scenes. >> and behind the scenes you find the chaos. >> four course crab salad second. >> when it comes in, it means automatically fire that first course so everybody puts that out. it comes, bob coordinates it, sends it out, draws the line and hangs it over in a neutral zone here. >> outsider's point of view i have no idea what you just said. so many things going on. how do you describe what happens here? >> it's called organized chaos basically. >> let's be very clear here. this is not just food, it's art. >> and there's a huge gap between in a restaurants that really welcome you in and want to take care of you versus one -- you know, anybody can open a restaurant, it's really true. but how long you keep it there, you know, that's when you start to get into the nuts and bolts, why do people keep coming back? >> and below the hustle and bustle of the kitchen is one of
the best wine cellars in northern california. will you keep your personal wines here or do you have them at the house? >> no, i have a ton of wines at the house. >> any guilty pleasures? will you do an in n out double-double? >> the double-double no cheese and, of course, the french price which to me you have to eat them first, because once they're cold, they're not the same. that's a guilty pleasure. what else? gummy worms. >> your last meal. >> mostly simple food but i eat that every day, so if i went out, it would be cav yea, my signature buckwheat and smoked caviar and truffles and all those great things and great wine, of course. >> can you imagine seeing him at in n out burger, double-double no cheese? thanks for joining us for the interview. it's not hard to find dynamic people here in the bay area and it's fascinating to spend time
>> reporter caught in the cross fires. hi everybody. welcome to "access hollywood". i'm shaun robinson. big news this weekend is the police stand off with fugitive christopher dorner. it played out like a tense hollywood thriller but it could have cost the life of reporter carter evans. >> we pulled up on the scene we were following a civilian vehicle with sheriff's deputy in. we didn't really realize what we pulled up on until they july out and started fearing the guns. authorities telled us we need to stay low for our safety moments ago we were caught in the middle of this gun fire between christopher dorner and authorities. >> i was scared i was scared and basically my main concern when i heard the gun fire was trying to get to position hand car to be safe. only after i viewed the video tape when we got back to the truck hours lateary after the ordeal ended
that i real whis a dangerous situation we were really in. >>reporter: los angeles reporter carter evan the only member of the media on the scene throughout the dangerous shoot out that took the life of one sheriff's deputy. as story unfolded live on the air there were many precious minutes where the fate of evan and his crew were unknown. >> i was on the air with kcbs at the time of the fun fooir exchange when we got to safer position about 15 minutes later i realize hi left phone lean open and they heard me was rapid volley of gunfire. screaming from some of the deputy around there and then silence. i was able to get a phone to the deposit ty and call to the station and let them know i was okay then i remembered gosh my wife is probably watching this at home so i gave her a call too to let her know i was all right. >> i was putting our 2 kids did you know for a nap and i came back to my i-phone and saw 10 text messages